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Tower crane collapses amid high winds in Dubai

A tower crane, which collapsed in high winds at Nassima Royal Hotel in Dubai on Friday, injured one person and led to the temporary closure of Dubai Metro

A tower crane collapsed at Dubai’s Nassima Royal Hotel on Friday amid unusually high winds.
A tower crane collapsed at Dubai’s Nassima Royal Hotel on Friday amid unusually high winds.

A tower crane collapsed in high winds at Dubai’s Nassima Royal Hotel on Friday, 3 February.

The incident resulted in damage to the hotel’s frontage and four parked cars, and led to the temporary closure of Dubai Metro.

The crane collapse is reported to have left one person injured.

The crane was installed on Nassima Royal Hotel, which is situated alongside Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road. Falling debris caused damage to four vehicles parked outside the hotel, two of which caught fire.

Part of the crane’s jib section landed on an elevated portion of Dubai Metro, according to Vertikal. Officials took the decision to temporarily close a section of the line while debris was being removed.

The collapse is thought to be the result of the unusually high winds witnessed in the UAE over the weekend. Friday also saw intermittent rainfall, with temperatures falling to -2.2°C at Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais Mountain, according to Khaleej Times.

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